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Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

09.12.19: Long-distance train services on The West Coast Main Line will be officially taken over by Avanti West Coast today (Dec 9), marking the start of a new era of intercity and high-speed rail services in the UK. An Avanti train, featuring the ne...

£350m contract for Hitachi Rail to build new Avanti West Coast trains

£350m contract for Hitachi Rail to build new Avanti West Coast trains

06.12.19: Hitachi Rail awarded a contract worth more than £350m by First Trenitalia, whose new Avanti West Coast rail service starts on the 8th of December, to maintain and prove 23 new intercity trains. The 135 new carriages will bring additio...

New Northern trains announced across their routes

New Northern trains announced across their routes

05.12.19: Rail operator, Northern, announced yesterday (Dec 4) that more than 50 new northern trains will be in service from Dec 15, with a further 49 to be operational in 2020. Brand new trains will serve Lincoln, Gainsborough, Worksop, Notting...

TfL to install over 100 cycle docking points near major rail stations

TfL to install over 100 cycle docking points near major rail stations

05.12.19: Before the year is over, Transport for London (TfL) will have installed 105 new Santander Cycles docking points close to Network Rail stations in Central London. It comes as part of an initiative to boost connectivity between different mode...

Virgin Trains leads the way with 5G onboard connectivity

Virgin Trains leads the way with 5G onboard connectivity

05.12.19: Virgin Trains has become the first train operator to trial onboard 5G Wi-Fi. The trial comes in partnership with McLaren Applied and Vodafone, as efforts continue to bring improved broadband speeds onboard trains. Once rolled out, the 5G co...

ScotRail timetable changes to add ‘an extra 10,000 seats a day’

ScotRail timetable changes to add ‘an extra 10,000 seats a day’

04.12.19: ScotRail has announced its newest timetable improvements will see an extra 10,000 seats a day added for passengers across the country. The latest changes, which include a new station in the north of Glasgow at Robroyston, are set to ta...

Lewes to Seaford line in East Sussex reopened

Lewes to Seaford line in East Sussex reopened

03.12.19: Following four days of successful improvement work on the Lewes to Seaford line in East Sussex, Network Rail have welcome passengers back on board. The major upgrade programme, that took place between Nov 28 and Dec 1, included replacing th...

Vital upgrades on Edinburgh’s track this Christmas

Vital upgrades on Edinburgh’s track this Christmas

02.12.19: As of Christmas Day (25 Dec), engineers at Network Rail will be working to renew Edinburgh’s Haymarket junction. Essential track work will be carried out from the Dec 25 to 29, with major upgrades to renew four sets of points and repl...

New trains on Ipswich to Cambridge route

New trains on Ipswich to Cambridge route

27.11.19: Greater Anglia introduced new, longer passenger trains into service yesterday (Nov 26) on the busiest regional route. One of the new Swiss-built trains is now operational on the line between Ipswich, Bury St Edmund and Cambridge, which carr...

Azuma trains take first LNER journey

Azuma trains take first LNER journey

26.11.19: London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has celebrated the first service with the new Azuma trains. The inaugural southbound trip left Aberdeen at 07:52 this morning (26 Nov) for London King’s Cross. The world-class Azuma trains are curre...

Hull Trains welcomes new Class 802 as part of £60m investment

Hull Trains welcomes new Class 802 as part of £60m investment

25.11.19: Hull Trains have today (25 Nov) welcomed the arrival of the first of the brand-new Hitachi Rail Paragon trains. It comes as part of a £60m investment into five state-of-the-art, bi-mode intercity trains, known as Class 802s, bringing...

RIA and Network Rail launch supply chain survey

RIA and Network Rail launch supply chain survey

25.11.19: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has today (Nov 25) launched a survey in partnership with Network Rail to gather views from the supply chain on the product acceptance process. The aim of the survey is to gain insight into how the indu...

£500m investment sees TransPennine Express launch new Nova Fleet trains

£500m investment sees TransPennine Express launch new Nova Fleet trains

22.11.19: Today (Nov 22nd) launched its new Nova fleet trains in a ceremony at Liverpool’s Lime Street Station. Dignitaries and stakeholders from across the north were present at the event as the Nova trains were unveiled to the public, alongsi...

New Northern trains hit two million milestone

New Northern trains hit two million milestone

22.11.19: Since the launch of Northern’s new trains in July, more than two million customer journeys have been recorded. 33 new trains are in service across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and South and West Yorksh...

Greater Anglia brings in extra support for busy periods

Greater Anglia brings in extra support for busy periods

21.11.19: Office staff at Greater Anglia are being trained to help customers when stations are busy due to big events or disruption. Customer Action Teams, or CATS, are the support team that have been formulated. When needed team members make their w...

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RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

09/12/2019RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

As the second week of South Western Railway’s safety strike commences, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Tr... more >
Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

09/12/2019Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

Long-distance train services on The West Coast Main Line will be officially taken over by Avanti West Coast today (Dec 9... more >
Heritage award presented to Network Rail

06/12/2019Heritage award presented to Network Rail

The National Railway Heritage have presented Network Rail with an award for their refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >